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In today’s news, Yo-Yo Ma talks about his biggest challenge so far, The Independent on how the National Youth Orchestra is inspiring a new generation and Kaufmann warns against Decca release.

The Guardian

Yo-Yo Ma: Bach, Big Bird and me

He has played for eight presidents and jammed on Sesame Street. But Yo-Yo Ma is now facing his biggest challenge yet – a Bach marathon at the Proms

The Independent

How the National Youth Orchestra is inspiring a new generation of musical teenagers

The benefits of a musical education on the development of all young people, the warning cries about cuts in music education in the state sector and the need for government to reverse their refusal to make arts education part of the national curriculum have been shouted from the rooftops.

The Strad

5 essential recordings by violinist Itzhak Perlman

The cover star of The Strad’s August 2015 edition is turning 70. Julian Haylock rounds up some of the master violinist’s finest recordings

Air Canada refuses to carry cello, blaming lack of advance warning

Cellist Andrea Stewart had purchased an extra seat for the instrument

Classical Music Magazine

Kaufmann warns against Decca release

Jonas Kaufmann has posted a message on his Facebook page warning fans not to buy an upcoming release on Decca Classics.

Berliner Zeitung

Salzburg — Das glanzvollste Fest sucht sein Profil

Salzburg erlebt eine Schrumpfkur: Es gibt nur drei Opern-Neuproduktionen, dafür viele Wiederaufnahmen und konzertante Aufführungen, und besonders desillusionierend ist der Blick aufs Schauspiel bei den Salzburger Festspielen.

Der Tagesspiegel

Der Neonhelle

Reines Wort, reiner Klang: Der Kammersänger hat viele Partien gesungen, als Evangelist der Passionen war er unvergesslich. Dem Tenor Peter Schreier zum 80. Geburtstag.

Codex Flores

Jonas Kaufmann legt sich mit Decca an

So etwas gibt’s auch nicht gerade häufig: Jonas Kaufmann rät seinen Fans, eine neue CD von ihm nicht zu kaufen, weil sie nicht halte was sie verspreche. Dahinter steckt eine gehörige Portion Label-Politik.

The New York Times

A Student Startup and Its Outsize Wagnerian Dream

Some people suffer from the familiar let’s-put-on-a-show urge, and others from the let’s-put-on-a-grand-opera-by-Richard-Wagner urge, which is several orders of magnitude more difficult.

France Musique

Décès de Vic Firth, roi des baguettes de percussionniste

Vic Firth, musicien talentueux qui a révolutionné les baguettes de percussion pour des générations de batteurs et de percussionnistes, est décédé à l’âge de 85 ans.

Tweets

Mahler Chamber @Mahler_Chamber: Two weeks until our visit to for George Benjamin’s at @LincolnCenter

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_: Jonas Kaufmann warns fans against an upcoming @deccaclassics release:

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3: On @BBCTaster we’re using playlists to tell stories about classical music. Try it out and tell us what you think:

Yoyo

Yo-Yo Ma faces his biggest challenge to date
Photo: The Washington Post/Getty Images

(Written on July 29, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Alan Gilbert is to leave the New York Philharmonic: who will replace him?

Gilbert’s announcement means another key conducting job falls vacant.

The Telegraph

Simon Rattle: ready to join the best

As Britain’s greatest living conductor comes back to London, Michael Henderson assesses the career of the former wunderkind from Liverpool

The Strad

Cellos are too big to be transported in the cabin, says airline

Air Canada refused to sell Richard Harwood an extra ticket for his cello as it exceeded the requisite dimensions, according to the musician

Valery Gergiev announces Tchaikovsky Competition 2015 judges

A number of today’s leading names will join the violin, cello, piano and voice panels this summer

International Arts Manager

Culture ministers in pre-election spotlight

Ahead of the forthcoming UK general elections this May, the Creative Industries Federation (CIF) has announced that it is to organise a series of events where key politicians will put forward their plans for the arts.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Wie gewinnt man den Opern-Grammy?

Schon vier Mal war das Klassik-Label cpo für den Grammy nominiert, jetzt war es der einzige deutsche Sieger. Wie wird man Weltspitze? Warum steht die Trophäe noch nicht in Niedersachsen? Ein Gespräch mit Burkhard Schmilgun.

Süddeutsche.de

Hier drin spielt die Musik

Ob in Moskau oder Manchester, in Buenos Aires oder Boston: Schon architektonisch sind diese zehn Konzertsäle ein Blickfang. Doch erst ihre unvergleichliche Akustik macht sie zu den Besten weltweit.

audiophil

ENNIO MORRICONE

my life in music

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Männerdominierte Jazzszene zum Swingen bringen

Die 1988 geborene Saxofonistin Charlotte Greve gehört zu den Nachwuchsstars des deutschen Jazz.

Codex Flores

Gilbert beendet sein New Yorker Engagement 2017

lan Gilbert gibt seinen Posten als Chefdirigent der New Yorker Philharmoniker per 2017 auf.

pizzicato

Finland Celebrates Sibelius Anniversary With Outstanding Events

During the jubilee year 2015 Sibelius’s compositions will be played around the world and some special activities are also planned, including the first International Jean Sibelius Composition Competition and the XI International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition.

Twitter

The Royal Opera ‏@TheRoyalOpera : What did you think of #ROHhollander? Share your review (+/-): http://www.roh.org.uk/news/your-reaction-der-fliegende-hollander … ^C pic.twitter.com/uvLH7ZUzZG

Bachtrack ‏@bachtrack :ICYMI, here’s our interview with Joby Talbot where he discusses Everest, along with his ballet scores: http://bachtrack.com/interview-joby-talbot-contemporary-focus-2014 …

Britten Sinfonia ‏@BrittenSinfonia :Drum roll please…. Edward Nesbit @EdNesbit announced as #OPUS2015 winner http://www.brittensinfonia.com/news/article/winner-of-opus2015-announced …

News New York Phil

Alan Gilbert conducts the 2009-10 Opening Night Gala at Avery Fisher Hall in New York, marking his debut as director of the New York Philharmonic. Photograph: Chris Lee/AP

(Written on February 10, 2015 )

Guardian

Courtney Love to make her opera debut in New York

Love ‘wanted to do something challenging’, so she has taken a role in a production at a ‘visionary opera-theatre’ festival

Telegraph

Blow your own trumpet

The pTrumpet is made of plastic, sounds just like a brazen trumpet and costs only £100

Classical Music Magazine

City Music Foundation announces classical artists for 2014

The City Music Foundation has announced the three soloists and three chamber ensembles which it will support through mentoring, professional development and performance opportunities as part of its 2014 classical artists programme.

Classic FM

Rachmaninoff: Inside Out

Are you Rach-man-enough (sorry) to indulge in a season-long celebration of the great Russian’s music? The London Philharmonic Orchestra are, in their Rachmaninoff: Inside Out concert series, running from October 2014 until April 2015.

Classical Source

Original manuscript of Dvořák’s New World Symphony comes to US for the first time

Five-day display of priceless manuscript is a highlight of week-long events in New York City celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution

The Strad

Violinists Anne-Sophie Mutter and Leonidas Kavakos to feature in free online broadcasts from Carnegie Hall

A series of four performances will be webcast through a partnership with medici.tv

Violins allowed as carry-on baggage, but violas must be checked into the hold, says Air Canada

The airline has published detailed regulations for the transportation of musical instruments on its website

Gramophone

Podcast: Igor Levit records Bach Partitas

Igor Levit has followed his acclaimed debut recording of Beethoven’s late sonatas with an equally impressive survey of Bach’s Partitas, available now on Sony Classical. 

Slipped Disc

Star pianist quits competition jury over ‘dishonesty and fraud’

There is no finer living interpreter of Debussy and Ravel than the French pianist Pascal Rogé. He is not a man who seeks limelight or trouble, preferring to focus on the infinite impressionistic possibilities of his favourite composers.

Twitter

Classic FM ‏@ClassicFM: Exciting news – next week we begin these incredible auctions & raffles for our new charity, Global’s #MakeSomeNoise: http://classfm.co/GAA3ol

YCAT ‏@YCATrust: Travel to ‘Small Nations Big Sounds’ with @sinfoniacymru, led by YCAT violinist Bartosz Woroch – http://bit.ly/1vieRUj

Jessica Duchen ‏@jessicaduchen: October: sounds from another world. Lev Oborin plays Tchaikovsky… http://bit.ly/1tmFLbj

Telegraph Music ‏@TeleMusicNews: Well of course @Pharrell is in the top happy songs of all time . . . http://bit.ly/1rI1vQO #pharellwilliams #happysongs

d93d5497-d2e7-42b9-b818-4f5dda2e920e-460x276Courtney Love … Putting rock’n’roll behind her. Photograph: Samir Hussein/Redferns via Getty Images

 

(Written on October 3, 2014 )